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State Appeals in VT Wrongful Death Lawsuit

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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) -- Three Virginia Supreme Court justices will hear appeals next month in a wrongful death lawsuit stemming from the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings.

Brian Gottstein with the attorney general's office and plaintiffs attorneys says the hearing is set for Feb. 12 in Richmond.

The three justices will determine whether the full court will consider the case.

The lawsuit was filed by two families who say their daughters could have survived if the university alerted the campus earlier. The state was the only defendant taken to court.

In June 2012, a judge upheld a jury's negligence finding against the state. But the damages were sharply reduced. Both the state and the plaintiffs have filed appeals.

Thirty-three people died during shooting rampage, including the gunman, who killed himself.

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